Saturday, March 11, 2006

Brother, can you spare $200,000?

   If you can afford this bus, then you probably shouldn't have it, is my point of view. It should either be sent to the Smithsonian or "miracled" to the next hippie that shuffles by on their way to the organic foods co-op.
   Named "Sugar Magnolia" by the Dead, it was fifth in the tour caravan
from 1967 to 1985 and the site, reportedly, of many after show parties. (Ya Think?)
   If you don't think you can afford the bus, you could just pick up another poignant piece of memorabilia like the online Golden Palace casino did. They bought four of Jerry's toilets. Weird, even if it was for charity.
   Also disturbing are the licensing of Jerry's name to a new line of herbal teas, and the presence of dead sound boards on iTunes for $12.99 per show. Also slightly anachronistic, but something I would use if I wasn't able to create my own mobile phone ringtones, is this site which offers a hell of a lot of Grateful Dead ringtones.
   In related news, you should check out Why Psychedelic Music Makes Me Think of Guns by Bart Schaneman in the Portland Mercury. He talks about grabbing a rifle when he hears hippie music. What a dick. So I sent the following letter to the editor of the Mercury.

Why violent editorials make me think of fuckheads

Deep breath. Count to 10.

Okay, I understand free speech, but why would you run a commentary where a guy admits that psychedelic music makes him want to kill people? "Why Psychedelic Music Makes Me Think of Guns" By Bart Schaneman" Do you think he was reaching for a rifle to do anything other than kill another human being? Even metaphorically? Do those who maintain the values of a peaceful era of non-violent protest, and who are sometimes admittedly hedonistic and detached from reality deserve death? Nice job letting the "kill the hippies" crowd get their voice out. Excellent way to be progressive. What's next, why Morrisey makes me want bash gays with my skateboard? Why Cristian Music makes me want to kill pregnant teens?

Fuck you and your fucking lack of editorial judgement,

Print that you piece of shit,

Chad Richins
Albany, Oregon

A little strong. Might even undermine my point a bit, but damn it felt good.


Blogger Solsoma said...

This is what I love. The only thing I ever see people in your set get fired up about is when people talk shit about you. The rest of the time it's pass the bong and turn it up.

The era of hippies being a positive part of counterculture is dead, never to return. They're just a drag on those who are actually trying to set shit straight and make some changes. Their lazy, apathethic stance does absolutely nothing for anyone. Well, maybe it does something. It causes more casualties and burnouts. It sure as shit DOESN'T get any more of our generation in the voting booths, or taking steps that change the course of our culture, or caring about anything other than their next bag.

But it feels good. And if it feels good do it, right?

6:43 PM  

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